3 Big Ideas to Achieve Sustainable Cities and Communities

2-Three big ideas, countless solutions

At the World Urban Forum, the World Bank will offer three big ideas that are essential for successfully implementing the New Urban Agenda:

  1. Financing the New Urban Agenda
  2. Promoting territorial development
  3. Enhancing urban resilience to climate change and disaster risks

The Bank will also be showcasing some of the innovative knowledge and transformative actions that have proven to help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in cities around the world.

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eC2: Greener Transport Connectivity for the Six Eastern Partnership Countries

Deadline: 07-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

Objective: The overall objective of this project is to promote enhanced transport connectivity in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) that delivers improved outcomes on energy efficiency and sustainability. With this overall objective, this assignment will include:

– Identifying relevant green transport policies and projects for the EaP region.

– develop transport connectivity/accessibility indicators for gauging the level of improvement that could be achieved by corridor improvement projects

– developing a user-friendly connectivity assessment tool

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Innovation in the air: using cable cars for urban transport

1 NbKnQKS58pvtrmV7xrLbywInvented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities, where they are being used as an alternative to conventional urban transport modes. This technology uses electrically-propelled steel cables to move suspended cars (or cabins) between terminals at different elevation points.

The tipping point. The emergence of cable cars in urban transport is fairly new. Medellín, Colombia pioneered the use of cable cars for urban transport when it opened its first “Metrocable” line in 2004. Since then, urban cable cars have grown in popularity around the world, with recent projects in Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Guayaquil, Santo Domingo, La Paz, and Medellín), Asia (Yeosu, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong), Africa (Lagos, Constantine), and Europe (London, Koblenz, Bolzano). Cable cars can be an attractive urban transport solution to connect communities together when geographical barriers such as hills and rivers make other modes infeasible.

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Cities: 12 big moments of building sustainable cities and communities (#7-#12)

At the World Bank, our teams working on social development, urban development, disaster risk management, and land issues have endeavored with countries and cities worldwide throughout the year to achieve a common goal: building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities for all. How did they do? From our “Sustainable Communities” newsletter, we have captured 12 moments that mark the major accomplishments and lessons learned in 2017—and inspire our continued work to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in 2018. Below the last 6 moments are described.

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What is so unique about the growth (or decline) of cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?

There are the booming megacities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Then there are  cities that are declining in population, such as Detroit. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where we recently conducted a study on urban growth trends, we found unique demographic patterns affecting the urbanization process in the region. For example, the region has had fertility rates below replacement levels for more than two decades, and most countries in the region have negative net migration rates.

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Scaling up climate investments will require innovation in five key areas

Just ask the investors: businesses in emerging markets can no longer afford to ignore the risks posed by the changing climate to their bottom lines. Ranging from increasingly frequent and severe weather events to new regulations and changing consumer preferences, climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we do business. Increasingly, companies and their investors are seeking opportunities to transition to and invest in climate-smart portfolios.

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Changing the Environmental Trajectory to Build Sustainable Cities in Africa

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  • A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the natural capital of its cities. Unique features of Africa’s urbanization – such as substantially lower per capita incomes, high reliance on biomass fuels, extensive informal settlement with poor service levels, and the exposure of cities to environmental disasters, such as floods – are putting pressure on African cities’ natural environment and eroding the value of environmental assets
  • As a result, there is a significant risk that Africa’s cities may become locked into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient, and reducing citizen’s welfare
  • However, there are important opportunities to change the trajectory that African cities are on, and to move toward a more harmonious relationship between the natural and built environments through green urban development policies


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Newsletter June 2017: Working Together for a Common Goal

We are excited to bring you our SECOND edition of  2017 NL4WorldBank newsletter, Working Together for a Common Goal which was published June 1st. Working Together for a Common Goal

In this edition the success story highlights the work of Everest Energy, an Energy partner of the World Bank.
We are proud to bring you the details of The Smart Cities KSB and Royal Netherlands Embassy jointly organized Smart Cities study tour to the Netherlands. This event was a huge success and we look forward to organizing more like it.
Other important events that will be taking place soon are the Private Sector Webinar on “How to Complain”, The webinar will be held on Thursday June 8, 2017 and the Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) joint mission focusing on the energy sector ,mark your calendar for October 23- 25, 2017.

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Three Roles Cities Play in Building a Sustainable Future

  • The global productivity slowdown, increasing climate and disaster risks, among other factors, have brought unprecedented challenges to poverty reduction and economic growth.
  • Amid rising uncertainties, cities can provide renewed sources of growth to help improve livelihoods, drive growth, and build a sustainable future for all.
  • The World Bank is working with countries worldwide to ensure that cities and metropolitan regions excel in the three critical roles they play—matchmakers, drivers, and anchors—for people and businesses alike.

Online: Friday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.


Cities are Where the Future is Being Built

Follow the event on Twitter with #Cities4Dev

Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am ET/ 13:00 – 14:30 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm ET/15:00 – 16:15 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank


Boosting Revenues, Driving Development: Why Taxes Are Critical for Growth

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time:1:00 pm – 2:00 pm/ 17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank


Unlocking Financing for Climate Action

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm/ 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank